More and more people are recognizing that we must protect the earth for future generations. So more and more people are “living green” in a variety of ways — recycling and reusing, installing solar panels, eating lower on the food chain, using mass transit, contracting to get energy from renewable sources, etc.

It would be logical to “vote green” as well. In countries that enjoy full multi-party electoral systems an increasing percentage of the population is supporting and voting for the Green Party. But in the United States the electorate remains stuck in the only-two-significant-choices mindset that has prevailed for over 150 years!

You can accomplish two things by voting for JoAnn Cousin and Steven Welzer for State Assembly on November 3. First, you can express your preference for a platform based on the distinctive values of the Green Party: ecology, equality, peace, social justice, and renewal of local community life. Second, you can send a message that you’re tired of the ongoing dominance of the dysfunctional establishment political parties — both the Republicans and the Democrats.

Those parties could use some competition! And our electoral system would benefit from the inclusion of “more voices and more choices.” Surely there ought to be more than just two political perspectives represented on our ballots and in our legislatures.

So we urge you to vote Green, register into the Green Party, and volunteer to help us build this much-needed alternative. If you want to start right away, please get in touch with us. Or: you can make a start toward supporting a new political direction by casting your two Assembly votes for JoAnn Cousin and Steven Welzer on November 3. Thanks!

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Here’s a link to the detailed Green Party platform: http://www.gp.org/platform

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